Our Therapists

Kurt W. Billups, MA, MPC, LPC, LPHA 

 

Qualifications and Experience: 
I am a graduate of Texas A&M University at Canyon (WTAMU) with a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Master’s degree in Communications and founder of New Patterns of Perception. I founded the practice because I felt patients needed a higher level of support than I had seen them getting in other private practice settings and I wanted to work with some populations that I feel are underserved. I am currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Texas.   I work with a variety of populations including, but not limited to, children (5 years old and up), adolescents, adults, and families.   
Experience: 
I started my counseling experience as an Intern at Panhandle Assessment Center in 2005, working with children aged 3-17, an emergency shelter for children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. This is where I began to hone my skills in play therapy and with the older adolescents, CBT Talk Therapy.

My second rotation was at Family Support Services, which then hired me as their Intake and Assessment coordinator. During the five years I worked there, I performed the intake and assessment (initial diagnosis), worked with patients as Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I also taught parenting, co-parenting, anger management, and Battery Intervention and Prevention (BIPP) classes. This is where I really developed a foundation for the most common presenting problems therapists see, such as anxiety, depression, and life changes. After this experience, I worked for two different Mental Health Authorities (MHMR) where I was exposed to and worked with severe cases of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and major depression amongst other serious presenting problems.

I myself suffered the loss of a parent and a child in the same week in 2011 and this led to my making a temporary change in focus.

I joined the faculty at Victoria College/University of Houston as a Lecturer in Psychology and Communications and I spent time advocating for children as a Legal Conservator for the State of Texas. Due to the wide range of mental health issues I had been exposed to and worked with,  I was selected to run the programs at two inpatient facilities as Clinical Director.  During my 16 year career, I have treated patients across the spectrum from mild, situational Depression all the way through to severe disorders such as Schizophrenia. I have worked with Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Crisis/Life Changes. I also have a great deal of experience working with the LGBTQ community due to having a close family member being part of that community.

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • LGBTQ+ Counseling and Support

  • Gender Identity Support

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues